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Happy Pi Day! Mix in a little St. Patrick's Day fun into your celebration

March 14, 2014 at 10:42 AM ET

Pi Day, celebrated on March 14—as in 3.14, get it?—has been commandeered in recent years by baking enthusiasts, who see the nerdy math holiday as the perfect opportunity to make a pie. This year, it falls on the Friday leading into St. Patrick’s Day weekend, adding up to the perfect chance to combine the two into one fabulous food event. Mix and match these Irish-inspired pies to create a full St. Paddy’s Pi Day menu. Some are sweet, some are savory and only one of them is green.

Irish cream and chocolate silk pie
Yield: 8 servings
From Wanna Be a Country Cleaver

Irish cream and chocolate silk pie
Megan Keno / Wanna Be a Country Cleaver
Irish cream and chocolate silk pie

A sucker for chocolate, Seattle-based food blogger Megan Keno loves to stay warm in winter by adding a shot of Irish Cream to hot chocolate—so she combined the flavors into one show-stopping pie.

For 1 pie crust:
1 ¼ cup flour
7 tbsp butter, cubed and frozen
¼ tsp salt
2 tbsp ice water

For pie filling:
1 cup heavy cream
3 eggs
¾ cup sugar
2 tbsp water
4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted
2 tsp vanilla extract, divided
½ cup butter, cubed and softened
2 tbsp Irish cream liquor

For the instructions, click here for instructions.

Orange-scented whiskey ‘soufflé’ pie
Yield: 8 servings 
From Hungry Rabbit 

Orange whiskey souffle pie
Ken Leung / Hungry Rabbit
Orange whiskey souffle pie

Don’t be scared of this ‘souffle’ from New York food blogger Ken Leung. Yes, it uses eggs as a leavening agent, but unlike a classic soufflé, he says that “you don’t have to worry about it staying ‘inflated.’” This pie gets double Irish points for the inclusion of whiskey and potatoes.  

Ingredients:

1-1/2 cups (10-1/2 ounces) granulated sugar, separated
1 teaspoon orange zest, freshly grated
1-1/4 cups (8 ounces) Yukon gold potatoes, mashed
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted, plus more for preparing pan
4 tablespoons almond flour
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon pure almond extract
1/2 teaspoon orange extract
6 eggs, 5 eggs separated, one whole
4 ounces whiskey, preferably Irish

Click here for the instructions.

Guinness oatmeal stout pie
Yield: 1 9-inch pie
From CakeWalk

Guinness oatmeal stout pie
Rebecca Gagnon / Cake Walk
Guinness oatmeal stout pie

With the combo of oats and molasses, and undertones of chocolate and beer, this seriously rich, toothsome pie goes great with vanilla ice cream, which also brings out the beer flavor. Milwaukee-based food writer and recipe tester Rebecca Gagnon used to turn these pies out at a tiny Wisconsin pie shop.

Ingredients:

3 eggs
2 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon vanilla
2/3 c molasses
¾ cup rolled oats
¾ cup brown sugar
¼ cup butter, melted
½ cup chocolate chips
½ cup Guinness
1 pie crust

For the instructions, click here.

Mushroom stout pie with potato biscuits
Yield: 8 servings
From Post Punk Kitchen

Mushroom stout potato pie
Isa Chandra Moskowitz / Post Punk Kitchen
Mushroom stout potato pie

Vegan cookbook author Isa Chandra Moskowitz dreamed this savory pie up for St. Patrick’s Day because she wanted something “that wasn’t your typical meat and potatoes, but still kept that meat and potatoes spirit!”

For the stew:

1 oz dried porcini mushrooms
3 cups vegetable broth
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, diced medium
4 cloves garlic, minced
8 oz cremini mushrooms, thinly sliced
2 ribs celery, thinly sliced
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
2 teaspoons dried thyme
1/2 lb carrots, peeled, sliced into thin half moons
1 1/4 cups stout beer
2 tablespoons tomato paste
Fresh black pepper (a lot!)
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
3 cups cooked kidney beans – 2 15 oz cans rinsed & drained [see note for tofu version]

For the biscuits:

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup leftover mashed potatoes [see note on leftover mashed potatoes]
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup cold water

For the instructions, click here.

Potato, Brussels sprouts and goat cheese pizza pie
Yields: 6 to 8 servings
From Heather Christo

Potato Brussels sprout pizza pie
Heather Christo
Potato Brussels sprout pizza pie

Turn the traditional Irish potatoes-and-cabbage dish into a pizza pie with this clever recipe from cookbook author Heather Christo, who says that “the Brussels sprouts are like mini cabbages.” And the big dollops of goat cheese add the perfect amount of creaminess.

Ingredients:

1 ball pizza dough
¼ cup semolina
Olive oil
½ russet potato
1 teaspoons fresh thyme
1 cup Brussels sprouts
2 teaspoons olive oil
6 ounces soft goat cheese
Kosher salt
Truffle oil, if desired

For the instructions, click here.

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